Having studied artwork historical past, labored as a style PR and latterly skilled as an inside designer, earlier than launching her antiques enterprise, Lizzie Gordon, unsurprisingly, doesn’t observe a conventional type blueprint. The Regency Cotswolds dwelling that she shares with husband Tim and their two youngsters, showcases her anti-minimalist type – a glance that harks again to the golden period of Hollywood, encapsulating daring, exuberant colors and huge prints.
‘I wouldn’t say I’m a cohesive collector, however there are specific intervals I’m undoubtedly drawn to,’ says Lizzie. ‘I’ve an instinctive love of the masculine type of mid-century antiques – however like to combine it up with art deco furnishings, up to date Twenty first-century items, assertion classic lighting and Hollywood regency – my biggest obsession.’
For Lizzie, Thirties California was a gloriously glamorous place with a daring and unapologetic use of color. The important thing shades emanating from that point and place: dusky pink and turquoise, black and white, gold and metallic, are enduringly intriguing for her. ‘I’m impressed by the work of American designers Dorothy Draper and Elsie de Wolfe and right now’s designers Jonathan Adler, Miles Redd and in addition Kelly Wearstler.’
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Brightly patterned wallpapers, vibrant glassware and ceramics pay homage to this look and, all through, a palette of turquoise, inexperienced and blue – punctuated with vivid pops of pink and orange – cohesively hyperlink areas collectively. Colourful textiles from Luke Edward Hall and Vivienne Westwood are layered with fervently collected items from Parisian ceramics model Astier de Villatte and extra intimate private treasures.
Objects picked up in France – the place Lizzie’s mother and father have a home – function closely all through her dwelling, too. ‘I like shopping for items on the French markets. I am going with money and negotiate. L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue and Paris’s Saint-Ouen markets are superb, however the costs are high-end and also you’re unlikely to discover a discount.’
Stumbling upon their dwelling 9 years in the past triggered a sequence response for Lizzie – swapping a metropolis Pimlico flat for rural village residing; excessive heels for wellies – albeit nonetheless glamorous ones; and a profession in style for antiques. ‘We had been visiting pals within the Cotswolds, occurred to drive by way of an extremely fairly village and noticed this home. We fell in love with its elegant proportions. It’s such a ‘Jane Austen having tea within the morning room’ sort of dwelling,’ says Lizzie.
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Inside a yr she and Tim had bought their London flat and in 2008 moved in with canine, cats, chickens and first child firmly in tow. ‘Used to flying world wide, working varied Trend Weeks, shifting right here was a complete tradition shock and alter of tempo,’ says Lizzie.
Untouched for 40 years, the Grade II-listed home underwent a full-scale renovation. Boutique hotel-style touches have been added with a recent country kitchen and luxe bathrooms, however the naked bones have been revered and the floorplan saved true to the unique format. ‘Planning restricted what we may do structurally, however cosmetically the gorgeous Regency design supplied the right backdrop for me to have enjoyable creating areas for all of the items that I’ve been avidly amassing for years,’ says Lizzie.
Interval this home could also be however cosy nation it’s not – which is among the the explanation why Lizzie’s type is proving such successful. ‘After I stroll right into a crowded antiques market, I focus in on what attracts me. It’s fairly on the spot; a intestine feeling. For me, a chunk of furnishings that has survived each World Wars, or was in existence earlier than some international locations had even been found, is past attention-grabbing. I like shaking up the peculiar with touches of the extraordinary, however it’s all the time in regards to the precise piece, by no means the newest development.’
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